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Rays Beat Rivera in 9th Again, Top Yankees



    Rays Beat Rivera in 9th Again, Top Yankees
    New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera sits in the dugout after leaving the game in the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Joe Dillon hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays touched up Mariano Rivera for the second time this season, defeating the New York Yankees 9-7 on Saturday.

         David Price left with a chance to beat CC Sabathia in a much-anticipated matchup pitting a potential ace against an established one. But the Yankees rallied for two runs in the eighth, tying it 5-all against Tampa Bay's bullpen.
    Willy Aybar and Ben Zobrist homered to help the AL champion Rays overcome four errors, which doubled their previous season high. Tampa Bay has won four straight and six of seven.
    The Rays are 3-0 at the new Yankee Stadium, including an 8-6 victory May 7 when Rivera served up back-to-back homers for the first time in his career. Carl Crawford and Evan Longoria connected for ninth-inning solo shots in that one.
    Mark Teixeira homered in the eighth and hit a two-run double in the ninth for New York. Alex Rodriguez also went deep for the Yankees, who had won 17 of 22.
    Rays reliever Dan Wheeler gave up three straight hits to start the ninth, then retired Rodriguez and Jorge Posada with Teixeira on second.
    Ex-Yankee Randy Choate got Robinson Cano on a long fly to center for his third save in eight days _ the first three of his major league career, which began in 2000. B.J. Upton made a lunging grab to end it.
    Zobrist opened the Tampa Bay ninth with a triple to left-center and scored on a single by Dillon, a journeyman who was acquired from Oakland on May 9. He has three hits in each of the past two games, matching his career high each time.
    Upton added a two-out RBI single off Rivera (0-2), who was then lifted from the game in a rare sight. Crawford hit a run-scoring single off Phil Coke, and another run scored on an error by Rodriguez at third.